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  1. Lapsang Souchong, when i first tasted this I thought it was like stale cigarette ends...it's an acquired taste for sure.
  2. Thanks for sharing this story. Lt Clydesdale will not be forgotten.
  3. I believe (and please correct me if I'm wrong) that the bronze star on the defense medal was awarded for participation in a campaign or major battle for overseas service prior to WW2 as well as the letter A for service with the Atlantic fleet prior to WW2 also.
  4. Yep sounds good to me! N S Meyer, NY maker of insignia. Any chance of a close up of the makers mark as this may determine age.
  5. Hi, looks good to me, marked Sterling silver and what looks like a makers make on the back of the shield. Can't read what it says ? what size is it?
  6. Research indicates that Rickenbacker was awarded seven DSC's during WW1. If that's the case (and please correct me if I'm wrong) then there should be one bronze and one silver oak leaf on his ribbon?
  7. Looks good to me and as long as you're happy with it then that's all that matters. Nice job!
  8. One of my favourite US medals. Not acquired an engraved one as yet but on my wish list. Thanks for posting.
  9. Fantastic tribute to a brave airman. Thanks for posting.
  10. The Humanitarian service medal dates from 1977 and medals with the GI logo were phased out circa 1995. I've never found a PI-GI maker unless PI just made suspender brooches which is unlikely but I may be wrong?
  11. According to Foster and Borts "US military medals 1939 to present" the Bronze arrowhead denotes participation in parachute, glider or amphibious landing or assault and was awarded only to the Army. I don't have any Vietnam service medals with a Arrowhead but do have a ribbon made by NS Meyer with Arrowhead and Bronze Star.
  12. “The Call of Duty” (John E Sandberg & Roger James Bender) and Kerrigans “American War Medals & Decorations” along with Foster & Borts “US Military Medals” are all good reference material. The Call of Duty, (R James Bender Publishing 1994) John E Sandberg & Roger James Bender. American War Medals & Decorations. (Viking Press, New York. Leo Cooper Ltd) Evans E Kerrigan US Military Medals 1939 to Present (Medals of America Press 1998, Fountain Inn, SC) Col. Frank Foster & Mr. Lawrence Borts.
  13. Here's a few approximate figures on medals issued by the US Government: Up to June 2010 an estimated 1.9 million Purple Hearts had been issued since the medal was established in 1932, over 500,000 of these since the end of WW2. 6,900 Navy Crosses. 13,400 Distinguished Service Crosses. 197 Air Force Crosses (since 1964). If you also take into consideration the amount of US service personnel who served in various conflicts you can begin to understand the numbers of service medals issued. Over 2 million in WW1, more than 12 million in WW2, 326,000 in Korea, 2.5 million in Vietnam and 425,000 in the first Gulf War.
  14. Hi Paul, I do also have a 1990 updated version with coloured prints. Not sure if there are any later versions?
  15. Here's some of the resource I've used when researching US awards and ribbons. Might be worth a look. The Call of Duty, (R James Bender Publishing 1994) John E Sandberg & Roger James Bender. American War Medals & Decorations. (Viking Press, New York. Leo Cooper Ltd, 1st UK Edition 1973) Evans E Kerrigan US Military Medals 1939 to Present (Medals of America Press 1998, Fountain Inn, SC) Col. Frank Foster & Mr. Lawrence Borts. Uncommon Valor, decorations, badges & service medals of the US Navy & Marine Corp. (eagle print shop,Hopkinsville, Kentucky 1980) David L Riley Lt USN.
  16. Hi Guys, the black widow Navy Cross was an early WW2 issued medal and was discoloured due to its oxidised finish as it was apparently "left too long in the furnace" N.B. This bit could be an urban myth? However as Paul has pointed out it was nicknamed the Black Widow because many of the early awards were posthumously awarded and are extremely rare.
  17. Paul I agree the black widow is the holy grail in terms of navy cross collecting but unfortunately faked a lot. The navy cross is one of the rarest issue awards and highly collectable.
  18. As a avid collector of US awards and owner of a blog site on the subject I would say go with what you like to collect. In this collecting world "whatever floats your boat" in my opinion, whether its collecting beer mats, porcelain, badges or medals then go for it. I have most US military medals from WW2 up to Vietnam and some beyond but I would advise doing some research first and seeing whats out there before parting with your hard earned cash, so do some homework. I do have a few named US medals including a army "Soldiers Medal" issued to a Vietnam 5th Special forces guy who was captured and imprisoned by the North Vietnamese. Also a couple of named ww2 army good conducts and an Army commendation (possible Vietnam era). There's also numbered medals such as the silver star and purple heart but these may be untraceable unless you have provenance. My pride and joy is a ww2 US mint made Navy Cross, just need the case for it though. Good hunting but take your time you'll get there.
  19. Foreign orders and medals have been issued to British military personnel over the years with the French Croix de guerre being an example which were awarded to whole battalions during WW1. Usually the wearing of any such award had to have approval to wear alongside campaign medals etc awarded by the British Government. US awards which are awarded to British military are Distinguished service cross, Navy Cross, Air force cross, Army & Navy DSM, DFC, Legion of Merit, Silver & Bronze star and the Air Medal. The DFC, Bronze star and air medal are regularly available to collect in the UK as no doubt they were awarded during WW2 and beyond. On the flip side 1st Lt "Moose" Heyliger of the 506th PIR 101st airborne was awarded a British Military Cross for his leadership in commanding the rescue of the 140 men north of the Rhine which included mainly British paratroopers, some Dutch civilians and 5 US airmen all cut off following the disaster of the Arnhem campaign. I believe the Military Cross ribbon is displayed along with other foreign awards he received on his ribbon bar but on the bottom row of three.
  20. Oh er missus...."beat him off"...I like the sound of that...where can I illegally obtain my MoH….lol
  21. I have a numbered Purple Heart #275375. Made by Rex Products Co 1942 with a lacquer enamel heart and slot brooch as per the Army contract Rex Products had which were numbered 100,000 to 400,000. So your numbered PH #161632 would I assume fall into this batch. I believe 60,000 of these were issued to the US Navy.
  22. Hi Duncan, I've posted medals to the USA before with no issues. The only thing I did differently was to say they were "Badges" but what you tell the PO is up to you.
  23. Hi Guys, thought I'd share my 2 latest patches that I've added recently to my collection. The 501st is post war probably 1960's? 3" x 3.5" in size. The 506th is a bit of a mystery as I assumed this was a good quality repro but neither of these patches fluoresce under UV and the 506th is on a wool background at 4" diameter. Anyways the upshot is I didn't pay a great amount for either and they look good on display with my 502nd patch. Hope you like them as much as I do... This is how I've displayed my 501st, 502nd & 506th PIR badges as a sort of homage to the 101st Airborne. The para wings are all clutch back either Meyer or Krew manufacture.
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